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Old 10-15-2015, 02:33 PM   #11
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4wheels,
Did you have the Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) added to your 2008 Sprinter?
AFAIK it was not available until 2012 on USA/NAFTA Sprinters.
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Old 10-16-2015, 12:32 AM   #12
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4wheels,
Did you have the Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) added to your 2008 Sprinter?
AFAIK it was not available until 2012 on USA/NAFTA Sprinters.
Roger
I bought my 08 back in 2012 from a dealer . Maybe they added it. I always thought that as long as you have a factory hitch - TSA comes with it.
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:24 AM   #13
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4wheels,
It would be interesting to see how they added the extra top rail in the driver's seat box and where they added the TSA module.
It could have been there all the time, or they just added the module and activated it in the ECM and ABS/ASR systems.
I did some looking and I'm fairly sure it was not offered until the 2012 model year.
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Had 2006 T1N 3500/158|2010 NCV3 519/3500/144|2011 & 2012 NCV3 519/3500 170
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Old 10-16-2015, 05:32 PM   #14
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AFAIK it was not available until 2012 on USA/NAFTA Sprinters.
Had it on my sold 2010 PV.
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Hello All,

I have a 2015, 2500 144 Crew with the factory ORIS hitch manufactured by BOSAL installed. According to the rating plate (see image) it has a maximum trailer weight rating of 5000 lbs and has a tongue weight rating of 500 lbs. I can find no information on whether it is rated for use with a weight distribution system, as most modern hitches are, and how that would effect/extend the rating of the hitch tongue weight rating if one were to be installed. For example, the tongue hitch rating of 500 lbs for many/most aftermarket hitches available for the van is extended to 750 lbs when a weight distribution system is installed. The factory ORIS hitch looks beefier that all of them, and I would hate to have to replace it. Can anybody help me with this? BOSAL refers me to Mercedes NA and nobody there seems to know a thing... Is this hitch rated for use with a weight distribution system? If so, would installing one extend the tongue weight capacity to 750 lbs?

Thanks very much for your time,

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Might want to mention 5-wire flat. Fifth wire is backup lights and is needed for boat trailers with disc surge brakes so the trailer brakes do not engage when backing the trailer. My sprinter came with a step bumper, Draw Tite hitch and 4-wire flat hookup that didn't work correctly. Brake/turn lights were fine, but when I turned on the headlights, I got a bulb out dummy light and the trailer running lights did not come on.

I'm installing the Tekonsha 118650 which will give a 4-wire harness. As I understand it, these types of kits do not draw power from the vehicle lighting circuits. Trailer lights draw from the starting battery and relays isolate the trailer lights from the vehicle lighting. I started the install today, but didn't get it completed. I'll post back in a day or so, once I have the kit fully installed.

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Hello All,

I have a 2015, 2500 144 Crew with the factory ORIS hitch manufactured by BOSAL installed. According to the rating plate (see image) it has a maximum trailer weight rating of 5000 lbs and has a tongue weight rating of 500 lbs. I can find no information on whether it is rated for use with a weight distribution system, as most modern hitches are, and how that would effect/extend the rating of the hitch tongue weight rating if one were to be installed. For example, the tongue hitch rating of 500 lbs for many/most aftermarket hitches available for the van is extended to 750 lbs when a weight distribution system is installed. The factory ORIS hitch looks beefier that all of them, and I would hate to have to replace it. Can anybody help me with this? BOSAL refers me to Mercedes NA and nobody there seems to know a thing... Is this hitch rated for use with a weight distribution system? If so, would installing one extend the tongue weight capacity to 750 lbs?

Thanks very much for your time,

Martin
Hi MPJH,
Did you ever get a response to your question? I have a similar question.
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Old 12-01-2019, 12:51 AM   #18
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The question is over one year old. It was resurrected.

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... Is this hitch rated for use with a weight distribution system?
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I can't answer definitively, but all North American Sprinter hitches I've seen include a WD rating in addition to the dead load rating.

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... If so, would installing one extend the tongue weight capacity to 750 lbs?
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No. The mechanics/design of a WD hitch depend upon leverage that involves the trailer frame/wheels. That leverage cannot be properly attained if combined with an extended tongue motorcycle carrier.

There are some specific Sprinter models which list a 7500/750# tow rating. Unless specified otherwise, the Sprinter tow rating is 5000/500#.

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Old 12-03-2019, 04:09 AM   #19
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Default Re: Sprinter NCV3 Trailer Hitch Options

mpjh/alvz,
You might send an email to Daimler Sprinter engineering down in Ladson, SC (or ask your question through the MB Customer Assistance Center directed at the Sprinter Engineering folks on Palmetto Parkway in Ladson, SC.) (right next to the new Sprinter Assembly plant).
I'm reasonably sure they will come back with "Weight Distributing Hitches are not authorized for use on Sprinters as Sprinters do not have a heavy duty REINFORCED LADDER TYPE frame like American Pickups and some of the SUVs.
Since it's a pre-stressed UNIBODY exceeding the engineered (In Germany by Mercedes Benz and ORIS/BOSAL) towing weight rating risks damage to the rear of the Sprinter as the entire rear is built up of seam and spot welded sheet metal.
There is NO frame in a Sprinter and normally any sort of weight distributing hitch system uses both the trailer and the tow vehicle's frames to distribute/project the tongue weight forward (hopefully all the way to the front axle of the vehicle).
Use of a weight distributing hitch system will just bend the sheet metal of the unibody.
This is the reason that the 170" wheelbase EXTENDED Sprinters (even with the 519/3500 Rating and dual rear wheels) are downgraded from 7.500 lbs towed vehicle weight/750 lbs. tongue weight to 5,000 lbs./500 lbs. tongue weight from the 170" shorter back (NOT EXTENDED) 519/3500 dual rear wheel Sprinters like the one I have.
The extended rear Sprinters simply have too much rear overhang, and no way to increase the strength of the long overhang because it's
all made of light gauge metal seam and spot welded together.
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7 Speed 7G-Tronic, manually shiftable, automatic transmission.
Suspension Seats, Active Safety Package +, Parktronic, OEM Hitch/wiring
OEM back up camera, Bi Xenon light package, fog lamps, headlight washers.
Had 2006 T1N 3500/158|2010 NCV3 519/3500/144|2011 & 2012 NCV3 519/3500 170

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Old 12-03-2019, 05:23 AM   #20
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What would be the easiest way to pull a crawler behind it?
Put in 2WD and pull on a dolly?
A 20 ft trailer and a Jeep would easily get to 5000#.
My 08 has factory hitch with factory wiring/green plug under driver’s seat.
A brake controller and I’m good to go but don’t wanna stress the sprinter too much. Mine is a 170 EXT.
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